Closer research ties with India
Friday, 11 August 2000
Under an innovative new staff exchange scheme, an Indian academic has been visiting Adelaide University's various campuses this month.
The scheme is the Research Management Project, initiated this year as a co-operative project between the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee and its Indian counterpart, the Association of Indian Universities.
The project invites research leaders from Indian universities to gain an appreciation of best practice in Australian research management, and encourages Australian university researchers to enter into co-operative partnerships with research centres in India.
Dr Krishan Jindal is Director of Research at the Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry. He has organised and participated in international projects, and is especially interested in technology transfer, particularly to rural areas, villages, women's organisations and youth training courses.
During his time in Adelaide, Dr Jindal visited researchers and centres at the Waite, Roseworthy and Adelaide campuses as well as a number of government departments and independent bodies.
"We are receiving guidance on how to increase production of our fruits and on crop diversification," said Dr Jindal. "We need to enrich our plant material and improve its genetic diversity and our post-harvest technology," he said.
On his return to India Dr Jindal hopes to develop collaborative projects between his scientists and those at Adelaide University, and devise ways in which young Indian scientists can come here to be trained in the use of recent technologies.
Dr Jindal also hopes to develop the exchange of information and resources between university libraries in India and Australia.